First Impressions of Kenya | Road Trip from KAMPALA UGANDA to NAIROBI KENYA

Travelling is an enriching experience that allows us to immerse ourselves in different cultures, landscapes, and create lasting memories. Recently, I embarked on an exciting adventure from Kampala, Uganda to Nairobi, Kenya, a journey that took me through the Busia border. In this blog, I will share my incredible experiences, the challenges faced, and the highlights of this thrilling trip.


Departure from Kampala

Leaving the bustling city of Kampala, I eagerly embarked on my first-ever cross-border bus journey towards Nairobi. Armed with a sense of excitement and curiosity, I embarked on a 16-hour bus ride that would take me through scenic landscapes, vibrant markets, and bustling towns.

Crossing the Busia Border

As we approached the Busia border, I felt a mix of anticipation and slight nervousness. The border crossing was relatively smooth, with immigration officers diligently checking passports and visas. Remember to have all the necessary documents prepared beforehand to avoid any delays or complications. The seamless transition from Uganda to Kenya marked the beginning of a whole new adventure. (As a Congolese national you are have to pay a 50$ visa to enter Kenya).

The Scenic Route

Leaving the border behind, the bus navigated its way through the Kenyan countryside. Lush greenery, rolling hills, and picturesque villages greeted me at every turn. The landscape was a delightful feast for the eyes, providing a refreshing break from the urban environment I was used to. Our first stop to KISUMU one of the third-largest city the capital city NAIROBI and MOMBASA.

One of the highlights of this journey was the opportunity to witness the vibrant local culture. Passing through small towns, I observed people going about their daily lives, engaging in colorful markets, and exchanging lively conversations. It was heartwarming to see the strong sense of community and the welcoming nature of the Kenyan people.

Arriving in Nairobi, I was instantly captivated by the city’s energy and diversity. The bustling streets, tall buildings, and vibrant markets created a captivating atmosphere. Nairobi’s rich history and blend of modernity with traditional influences were evident in its architecture, museums, and cultural landmarks.


Attractions: During my time in Nairobi, I made sure to visit some of the city’s most renowned attractions. The Nairobi National Park, located just a short drive away from the city center, allowed me to witness the incredible wildlife and enjoy a safari experience. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, known for its orphaned elephant and rhino conservation, offered a unique opportunity to learn about wildlife conservation efforts up close.

Challenges and Tips

While this journey was undoubtedly filled with excitement and discovery, it also came with its fair share of challenges. One of the main obstacles was the long duration of the bus ride, which required endurance and patience. It is advisable to carry essential items such as snacks, water, and entertainment to make the journey more comfortable. Additionally, it is crucial to be aware of your belongings and exercise caution while travelling.

Things you need to know before traveling To Kenya

  • If you have work permit from Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and South Sudan. You don’t need to pay visa to enter Kenya.
  • If you are student and have a student visa from one of the countries above. You don’t need visa to enter Kenya.
  • Visa is 50$ if you don’t belong among these two categories. And visa is paid on arrival.
  • You need a Yellow fever card.
  • If you are driving. You must have the long book of the car and the long book must have your name.
  • If the long book is not on your name, the owner of the car must write a letter that shows he/she gave you the car (proof).
  • You must pay the insurance. (Kenyan insurance).
  • Have a driving license. (COMESA or EAT)


Travelling from Kampala to Nairobi via the Busia border was an unforgettable experience that exposed me to the rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and vibrant city life. The journey provided me with valuable insights into the East African region and left me with cherished memories that I will forever hold dear. If you’re considering a trip to Nairobi, highly recommend exploring this route, as it offers a unique perspective and a chance to appreciate the beauty of both Uganda and Kenya. So pack your bags, embrace the unknown, and embark on an adventure that will leave you with a lifetime of stories to share.

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